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Archive of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire and of her family


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The archive comprises papers of Jane Johnson, 1732-59; papers of Barbara Johnson, 1759-1816; journal of Robert Augustus Johnson of Kenilworth, 1771-7; and papers of other members of the Johnson family, 17th-19th cent.


  • Creation: 1706-1759, 17th-19th cent.


2.7 Linear metres (18 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. b. 39-40, c. 190-196, d. 202, e. 193-200

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10516


Correspondence and papers of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire (1706-1759) and of her family, 17th-19th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Jane Johnson (1706-1759) was the wife of Woolsey Johnson, Vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire. She was the author of the earliest known (to date) example of an English fairy story for children (MS. Don. d. 198 - see 'Related Material' below). For further details see the Bodleian Library Record, vol. XVI, no. 2, Oct. 1997, pp. 165-170.

Robert Augustus Johnson (1745-1799) was the son of Jane Johnson. He married Anna Rebecca Ludford Taylor, née Craven, sister of the 6th Lord Craven. He was at one time Rector of Wistanstow in Shropshire, in the patronage of the Earls of Craven, and was Rector of Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire, 1791-1799. At the time the journals described in section C were written he was living in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, close to the Craven seat at Combe Abbey where he seems to have been a frequent visitor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian, from W. J. Blois Johnson, 1996.

Related Materials

The fairy story which Jane wrote for her children in 1744 is MS. Don. d. 198.

Catalogue of papers of Jane Johnson of Olney, Buckinghamshire (1706-1759) and of her family, 17th-19th cent.
Finding aid prepared by Mike Webb
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Repository Details

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